Tour de France -- Chris Froome and team Sky booed at race presentation

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2018

That verdict frees Froome to race in the Tour - where he will bid for a record-equalling fifth title - after organisers ASO had tried to block him from registering while the case was ongoing.

"Now I just want to draw a line in the sand and move on", said the four-time champion, who won the Giro d'Italia in May.

Colombian Gaviria held off world champion Peter Sagan to become the first man to win his debut stage of a Tour since Fabian Cancellara in 2004, but it was another 51 seconds before Froome crossed the line.

"I think this year's race is going to be the biggest challenge of my career", he said. The Kenyan-born rider said he had little to fear from the French public on a day when security measures to protect him were announced, after more than the allowed level of asthma medication Salbutamol was found in Froome's urine during last year's Vuelta.

"My advice to anyone who doesn't like Chris Froome or doesn't like Sky is to come and watch the race with some other shirt, of someone you do like, and support the Tour in that way".

"I'm still an asthmatic, that hasn't changed", Froome told Sky Sports News.

Freshly cleared of doping, the Team Sky rider was booed at by the crowd at the Tour teams presentation on Thursday.

On the eve of the start of the Tour, the British rider who was jeered when he was presented to French cycling fans on Thursday, said he was relieved that cycling authorities this week ended a probe into doping suspicions surrounding the four-times victor.

"From the start I have been absolutely confident, it was never in doubt for us".

"It wasn't even technically an "AAF" (adverse analytical finding) and few people understood this subtle difference".

Brailsford went on to praise Froome's strength of character after being wrongly accused.

"It's also important to respect all the riders, including Chris Froome - he is a former Tour victor and a serious contender for the next title".

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